At the Eastside Neuroscience Institute, top experts provide diagnosis and treatment of problems related to thinking (cognition) and psychological difficulties (anxiety, depression).
Many conditions can affect behavior, and cognition. Neuropsychological assessment and testing check your ability to think and operate, and can provide insight into the effects of brain injury. Conditions that affect the brain often impact attention, memory, judgement and behavior.
In turn, these can create changes in personality and your ability to manage emotions. Very often, the problems are not distinctly neurological or psychological; the difficulties can meld into changes that are difficult to understand and treat.
If you are undergoing a neuropsychological assessment, the mental functions tested may include:
- Learning and Memory
- Reading and comprehension
- Language usage and interpretation
- Concentration and attention
- Reasoning skills
- Executive functions (skills you use to organize and plan, manage time, problem solve, and maintain control)
- Mood and Personality
- Motor speed and dexterity
- Visuospatial skills (navigating distance and space)
Diagnosis is an important first step in developing your care plan. Our neuropsychology experts provide help in understanding the cause of problems related to your thinking and understanding. We use scientifically proven tests to determine if changes are due to normal aging, neurological illness, depression, anxiety or other causes.
In some cases, a medical procedure may be planned, and a baseline of your cognitive function is required, prior to the procedure. After the medical procedure is complete, a re-examination can be performed and provide insight into how well you are recovering, and if you can return to work, school, drive or resume normal every day activities.
If a known neurological event has occurred, such as a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, neuropsychological testing will provide information on the degree of change in your brain function.
Common reasons for Neuropsychological Tests
You may be referred to a neuropsychologist if you or a loved one show any of the following signs:
- Frequently confused, unable to manage tasks
- The inability to recognize things
- Unexplained change in personality
- Development of delusions and hallucinations
- Changes in short-term memory, asks the same question repeatedly
- Often times losing items, misplacing things
- Poor attention and concentration
- Inability to listen, confused in conversation
- Language difficulty, unable to speak or find the words and cannot understand what others are saying
- Poor judgment/decision-making
- New difficulty with understanding or managing bills or finances
Or you have been diagnosed with a neurological condition such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA) and stroke
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Brain Tumors
- Infections involving the brain and spinal cord
Team approach to Neuropsychological Care
We also work closely with a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals team to help you overcome any cognitive, emotional, or behavioral challenges due to a stroke, brain injury, or other neurological issue or disorder. We provide coordinated care tailored to your specific needs, including:
- Lifestyle planning/coaching
- Educational programs and support groups
- Pain management services
- Rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies
This complete, compassionate care helps you and your family heal in body, mind and spirit. We aim to provide the right care at the right time, and your care team is with you through each step of the way. We work together to help you feel better and get the most enjoyment out of life.